ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia has awarded its first $100 million to build new reservoirs and water supply projects across the state.
The money is the first to flow through a program launched by Gov. Nathan Deal. It is part of a four-year plan to spend $300 million on projects expected to help boost Georgia's home-grown water supply.
The governor began the finance program amid an ongoing fight over water with Alabama and Florida.
Eight projects received funding out of 15 submitted for consideration for loans and grants to plan, permit or build reservoirs or wells.
Nearly all of the money awarded in the initial round came in the form of loans to local governments and agencies, which will eventually have to repay the money.